Get to know Guatemala

DAY 1

Objectives

  • Get to know the two most common routes to the Pacific starting from La Aurora (MGGT): via Palin and via E of Pacaya.
  • Get to know and land at the following sites runways: Caobanal, Monterrico,  Iztapa and San Jose. 
  • Identify Emergency landing sites along the way: California, Tanzania, Car Race Track “Escuintla”, Cerritos Santa Ana, Runway Peaje Palin and Model Plane Site in Guatemala.

 Sequence (119 NM & estimated 2.5 hours with a several landings)

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Leg 1: MGGT – Caobanal (via Tanzania & E de Pacaya)

  • Identify Tanzania for possible emergency landings

Leg 2: Caobanal – Monterrico

  • Identify California

Leg 3: Monterrico – Itzapa

Leg 4: Itzapa – San Jose

Leg 5: San Jose – MGGT (via Cerritos Santa Ana & Palin)

  • Identify car race track
  • Identify airport at Cerritos Santa Ana for possible emergency landings
  • Identify airport at Paeje Palin-Escuintla for possible emergency landings
  • Identify model plane area

Day 2

Objectives

Sequence (156 NM, 2 hours)

Screenshot from AOPA Flight Planner

Day 3

Objectives

Sequence (212 NM. 2.5hours)

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Day 4

Objectives

Sequence (279 NM, 3 hours)

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Day 5

Objectives

Sequence (167 NM, 2 hours)

Screenshot from AOPA Flight Planner

DAY 5 – Mountain Route

Objectives

  • Get to know the western highlands
  • Identify and land on the highest airports in Guatemala: Quetzaltenango, San Marcos, Huehuetenango & Quiche
  • Get to know San Marcos, the runway is situated just under 8000 ft and is a slight uphill in good conditions.
  • Quiche is a gravel runway in not so good conditions.

Sequence (178 NM, 1:50 hours)

Screenshot taken from AOPA Flight Planner

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